Westgate Vision

Westgate Vision : A Townscape Recovery Guide 

Launched 6th June 2018 Barlow House Drogheda Co Louth

Louth County Council launches regeneration guide for Westgate area of Drogheda

Westgate Vision : A Townscape Recovery Guide will be rolled out over a 10 year plus period 

Louth County Council has announced details of its urban design vision for the regeneration of the Westgate area of Drogheda, focusing on Narrow West Street and its environs. 

Launched by Mayor of Drogheda, Councillor Pio Smith at an event this evening (06.06.2018), Westgate Vision is a targeted planning response aimed at channelling investment into this core area, as an alternative to building on green field sites at the edge of town. 

Launching the vision, Cllr Smith said "Drogheda , like many other towns across the country, witnessed rapid expansion of new housing and commercial areas outside the traditional town centre in the early 2000s. At the same time, this saw areas like Westgate and Narrow West Street at the western extremity of the town centre lose their appeal for residents and businesses, resulting in current high levels of vacancy, under-utilisation and dereliction. Westgate is a historic area of the town that is full of character. It's also the gateway for visitors to the Boyne Valley so I am delighted that the area has been identified for regeneration. I look forward to seeing  the vision coming to fruition over the coming years."

It is anticipated that Westgate Vision will be delivered in three stages over a 10 year plus time frame. Initial work, due to be carried out over the first three years, will improve the visual amenity and public facilities in the immediate area. This will include repairing and repainting prominent buildings, removal of inappropriate signage and the provision of high quality shop fronts, soft landscaping of public areas and facilitating pedestrian access through Old Abbey Lane to Narrow West Street. The Vision also promotes investment in the sensitive adaption and reuse of vacant buildings, as well as the development of vacant lands for new homes and businesses.

Chief Executive of Louth County Coucnil, Joan Martin said: "Westgate Vision is an exciting guide for this key area of our town. For our urban centres to thrive , it is essential that they are attractive to residents and businesses alike. Westgate Vision is a holistic urban regeneration guide that balances protection of heritage assets with townscape recovery - a blueprint to create a vibrant, liveable urban heritage district in the town. It is intended that the vision, which will be delivered on a phased basis over more than 10 years, will act as a catalyst for investment in the broader town centre." 

Louth County Council Director of Planning, Frank Pentony said: "Westgate Vision is a guide for landowners, investors and developers as to what can be achieved in this area of the town. It has been developed in line with National Planning Framework, falling under Project Ireland's 2040's 'compact growth' aim, designed to create urban centres of scale and quality to compete globally and to be drivers of growth and investment. We envisage that it will be funded through a combination of public and private investment and we will work with interested landowners and developers to realise this vision. Louth County Council will seek public investment under the Government's Urban Regeneration Fund to assist in delivering the Vision as part of Project Ireland 2040." 

Further details on the Westgate Vision can be found below:

Westgate Image

Westgate Vision A Townscape Recovery Guide June 2018.pdf (size 16 MB)

Westgate Vision Brochure June 2018.pdf (size 15.3 MB)

Shopfront Improvement Grant Scheme Application Form

Shopfront Improvement Grant Scheme.pdf (size 800.7 KB)

Implementation Team for Westgate Vision : A Townscape Recovery Guide

11th June 2018

Louth County Council are actively seeking to engage with residents, landowners, property owners and business owners in Westgate ,

and they are pleased to announce the establishment of an implementation team for the Westgate Vision.

All enquiries regarding the implementation of the Westgate Vision should be directed initially to Philip Maguire at forwardplanning@louthcoco.ie or 042 9392932 

Members of the implementation team include: 

  • Anthony Abbot King : Senior Planner
  • Declan Conlon: A/Senior Executive Planner
  • Philip Maguire : Assistant Planner
  • Patricia Hughes : Executive Planner
  • Bernadette McArdle: Building Control
  • Eamonn Woulfe : Fire & Emergency Services 
  • Aoife Lawlor: Housing 
  • Angela Dullaghan Conservation Officer
  • Brendan McSherry Heritage Officer

Westgate Vision : A Townscape Recovery Guide

18th June 2018

Copies of the Westgate Vision : A Townscape Recovery Guide can be purchased from Louth County Council Customer Services Desk, Fair Street,  Drogheda for the sum of €15.00 (hardcopy) and €5.00 (CD). 

Reference copies of the Westgate Vision : A Townscape Recovery Guide are available to view at Louth County Council Customer Service Desk , Fair Street, Drogheda  and in Drogheda Library, Stockwell Lane, Drogheda

Westgate Vision brochures are free and are available in Drogheda Library and at Louth County Council Customer Service Desk, Fair Street, Drogheda, Co Louth.

Alternatively you can contact forwardplanning@louthcoco.ie to order a copy of the Westgate Vision  or if you have any queries regarding the implementation of the Westgate Vision call 042 9392932

MEDIA COVERAGE

Please see media coverage following the launch of the Westgate Vision:

Drogheda Leader June 2018

Drogheda Independent June 2018

IPI Press Release .docx (size 37 KB)

Drogheda Life June 2018

Dundalk Democrat

LMFM June 2018

Tweets by @louthcoco 

Update 25th July 2018

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